The Wooster senior duo of defender Emma Lawrence (Wilbraham, MA/Williston-Northampton) and forward Erica White (Washington, PA/Fort Cherry) along with Denison senior midfielder Maggie Armstrong (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) have been named the Players of the Year to highlight the 2018 All-North Coast Athletic Conference women's soccer selections.
Armstrong, the two-time Midfielder of the Year (2016), has been named an All-NCAC selection for the fourth-consecutive season after claiming second team honors in her rookie campaign and elevating to first team for the remainder of her career. She tallied 24 points on nine goals and six assists this season. In Denison's last regular-season game, a 2-1 victory over Ohio Wesleyan, the senior scored the game winner in the 76th minute to secure the 2018 NCAC Title for the Big Red.
White, who makes her All-NCAC debut, had a remarkable senior campaign for Wooster en route to earning the NCAC's Offensive Player of the Year award. In 19 total matches this season, the senior poured in a league-high 18 goals and dished five assists for 41 total points. Eight of her 18 scores on the season went down as game-winning goals, including a stretch of four-consecutive game-winners against DePauw (Sept. 22), Ohio Wesleyan (Sept. 29), Wittenberg (Oct. 6), and Kenyon (Oct. 10). White lifted her team to the NCAC Tournament Title after scoring both of the Fighting Scots' goals in a 2-1 semifinal win over Kenyon and then netting the first goal and assisting on the final goal of the championship finale, a 4-0 victory over Wittenberg.
Lawrence, who earns her second season as a first team honoree (2016), earned the NCAC's Defensive Player of the Year Award after anchoring Wooster's back line that allowed just 12 goals in 19 matches for a conference-low 0.60 goals against average. The senior and her teammates held nine opponents to three or less shots-on-goal per game, while in league play, the Fighting Scots gave up an average of just 2.75 shots-on-goal per game.
Wittenberg senior defender Megan Davis (Canal Winchester, OH/Pickerington Central), the 2015 Newcomer of the Year, is now a four-time All-NCAC first-team selection, while Denison senior midfielder Madison Smith (Coronado, CA/Coronado) and Oberlin sophomore midfielder Lucy Fredell (Washington, DC/Sidwell Friends School) both moved up to the first team this season after earning honorable mention selections in 2017.
Kenyon sophomore Caroline McNeer (Winston Salem, NC/Forsyth Country Day), the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year, took first-team honors for the second-consecutive season, while Hiram junior goalkeeper Ally Green (Stow, OH/Stow-Munroe Falls) elevates to first team after second-team honors a season ago.
Three forwards make their All-NCAC debut on the first team this year, including Denison freshman Liz Gilbert (Chippewa Lake, OH/Archbishop Hoban), Hiram sophomore Hannah Ward (Niles, OH/McKinley)and Kenyon junior Fallon Raviol (Bronxville, NY/Bronxville).
Wittenberg freshman forward Sydney Weaver (Powell, OH/Olentangy Liberty) was named the NCAC Newcomer of the Year as the top women's soccer player in her first season of collegiate competition. The rookie posted 13 points after netting five goals, one game-winner, and claiming three helpers. Weaver tallied the game-winner in a 2-1 victory over Oberlin on Sept. 29.
Denison head coach Gail Murphy was named the NCAC Coach of the Year for the fourth time in her career (2005, 2008, 2009) after guiding the Big Red to the 2018 NCAC Title with an undefeated 6-0-2 mark against league opponents in regular-season games. In 22 total seasons at the helm in Granville, Murphy has compiled an overall record of 291-112-40.